Red Cross Unveils New State-of-the-Art Disaster Operations Center

“The organization provides humanitarian relief, working in conjunction with first responders and the County Office of Emergency Services. In the event of an emergency, staff here would review the disaster location, establish nearby shelters, assign volunteers and arrange for the delivery of food. All of that could be done in about an hour, according to a demonstration given by staff. Up to nine staff could operate the center with as many as 70 volunteers, with another 80 or so volunteers responding in the field.”

The system consolidates all the resources that the Red Cross has access to, in terms of both people and also emergency resources. “Being strong as individuals isn’t enough any more,” said Jerry Francisco, “We live in an integrated world now.”

The Red Cross has quickly advanced into the modern technology age in order to do its outreach.

Mohit Jain

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